One thing that prospective readers should keep in mind is that The Bone Clocks is connected, directly or indirectly, to all of Mitchell's other novels. Without giving too much away, one of the immortals is also a major character in The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet and Cloud Atlas, and Hugo Lamb first appears as… » 10/01/14 6:57pm 22 minutes ago

In the original cut of Avengers, the New York battle is presented as more of a tragic fiasco that could have been avoided. The movie would have opened with Maria Hill being debriefed by her superiors about the destruction and chaos. This was dropped because it was a downer, and it also was one of those in media res,… » 9/30/14 7:56am Yesterday 7:56am

The story arc-ification of the news has been ongoing for about a quarter century now. I remember when the various media outlets were gearing up for the original Gulf War back in 1990-91. Every network had its own cool title (which looked like a movie poster, or a foil embossed logo on a Tom Clancy paperback). When… » 9/30/14 1:37am Yesterday 1:37am

The Dangers of Franchise Longevity

I was thinking of two long-running media franchises today. First, because last night was the 26th season premiere, The Simpsons. Second, because I was listening to the very awesome Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men podcast this afternoon, the X-Men comics (and all their attendant media incarnations). While they are… » 9/30/14 12:21am Yesterday 12:21am

Sterling also once said that SF writers are the jesters of modern society; almost nobody takes them seriously, so they can get away with lots of crazy ideas and statements. Lots of "mainstream" folks still regard science fiction and fantasy as escapist fare by definition, so they're seen as irony-free zones. » 9/29/14 7:22pm Monday 7:22pm

What you have to understand about Alien3 is that it's basically Fincher's "fuck you" to James Cameron. Fincher had very little creative control, but he still made a movie that was closer in style and spirit to Ridley Scott's original Alien than Cameron's rousing '80s flick. » 9/29/14 10:27am Monday 10:27am

Lots of cryptids seem to have some basis in folklore or legends; Ogopogo, the Canadian Nessie, was called Naitaka by the Native Americans around lake Okanagan. It sort of lends credence to the notion of such beings as being ultraterrestrial, like Keel's conception of the Mothman. » 9/27/14 3:19pm Saturday 3:19pm